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Barley & Brass' menu has many boilermakers
Barley & Brass' menu has many boilermakers
Marc Much

Bottom’s Up: 15 Bold Chicago Boilermakers

Where to get some fancy versions of a shot and a beer.

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Barley & Brass' menu has many boilermakers
| Marc Much

Though often portrayed as a drink for hard-boiled detectives and weathered blue-collar workers, the boilermaker is making a comeback among discerning bar-goers. Consisting of a shot served alongside a beer—though some like to pour, or even drop, their shot into the beer—the boilermaker also offers bartenders a chance to show off some of the lesser-known spirits and beers found on their menu. Double up at these 15 spots.

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Henry's

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Henry’s offers a nice variety of boilermakers, but you won’t be bitter about ordering the "Staff Meeting," which consists of a Founders All Day IPA and a shot of Fernet-Branca for $7.

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Tippling Hall

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Among its many many available beverages, Tippling Hall offers a three-part combo that consists of a shot of John Powers Irish Whiskey, a pickle juice and sangrita back, and a Miller High Life pony ($9).

Sable Kitchen & Bar

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Sable’s been getting weird behind the bar for ages, and their boilermaker combo doesn’t disappoint. You can currently order any draft beer and a house made-shot for $10. The current option is a shot made with bourbon, Fernet, Crème de cassis, and cinnamon.

The Publican

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Come in during brunch hours and order the "Diesel," a house-made radler with Half Acre Akari Shogun beer, fresh grapefruit juice, lime, and Sprite. Add a shot of gin and the combo will set you back $8.

Fulton Market Kitchen

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Fulton Market Kitchen currently offers a whopping 11 boilermaker combos on its menu, but favorites include the Moody Tongue Steeped Emperor's Lemon Saison with a shot of Grand Marnier ($11), and the Stiegl Grapefruit Radler with a shot of Malort ($11).

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Barley & Brass

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This Ukrainian Village hang not only offers a nice selection of boilermakers, but also has an absinthe-based slushie and four cocktails on tap. On your next night out, stay away from Fireball and order the B&B Ball, which is a house-made cinnamon-whiskey shot paired with an Old Style ($8).

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Come for the excellent brunch—which features dishes such as fried-chicken benedict—and pair it with an unconventional boilermaker. This one’s mighty tasty but doesn’t kick as hard, because the shot of Fernet-Branca is paired with a Barritts ginger “beer” ($10).

Twisted Spoke

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No fancy stuff here. Just sit down, order, and get to drinkin’. Every day, Twisted Spoke offers a shot of Jim Beam with a random “grab bag” beer for $5.

Lone Wolf

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Patrons can score a Founders Centennial IPA and a shot of Lunazul tequila for $12, but occasionally the bar also offers a Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust and shot of Green Chartreuse for $15.

Dusek's

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Dusek’s is pretty serious about its take on the boilermaker. As a hat tip to the neighborhood’s Czech past, the bar offers a Czech pilsner from Pilsen’s Moody Tongue Brewery paired with shot of Czech spice liqueur. The combo is called a "Becherovka" and it’ll set you back $9.

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AMK Kitchen Bar

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Stop in at this new Bucktown hang on Wednesdays to score a 19.2 oz. Oskar Blues can (Dale’s Pale Ale, Mamma's Little Yella Pilsner, or Pinner IPA) with a shot of Evan Williams bourbon for $9. Pro tip: try the Cool Ranch Doritos nachos, which are offered as a secret-menu item.

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Big Star

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South of the border, the sangrita is a popular pairing to tequila. Big Star offers its house-made version with the Los Tres Reyes combo, which includes a shot of Tromba Blanco tequila and a can of Tecate for $8.

Presidio

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The Dogma Group oversees the San Francisco-themed Presidio’s beverage program, so it’s only appropriate that the bar serves its Anchor Steam draft with a shot of CH Fernet-Dogma ($12).

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County Barbeque

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Every day from 5 to 7 p.m. you can order a scary-good combo named "El Chupacabra" for a mere $6. (It’s an Off Color Apex Predator Farmhouse Ale and a shot of Lunazul Blanco tequila.)

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Johnny's Grill

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This classic Logan Square greasy spoon has recently received new ownership and a makeover, which also means that you can expect a price bump. However, you can now order drinks at a new bar, including one of five different boilermaker combos.

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Henry's

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Henry’s offers a nice variety of boilermakers, but you won’t be bitter about ordering the "Staff Meeting," which consists of a Founders All Day IPA and a shot of Fernet-Branca for $7.

Marc Much

Tippling Hall

Among its many many available beverages, Tippling Hall offers a three-part combo that consists of a shot of John Powers Irish Whiskey, a pickle juice and sangrita back, and a Miller High Life pony ($9).

Sable Kitchen & Bar

Sable’s been getting weird behind the bar for ages, and their boilermaker combo doesn’t disappoint. You can currently order any draft beer and a house made-shot for $10. The current option is a shot made with bourbon, Fernet, Crème de cassis, and cinnamon.

The Publican

Come in during brunch hours and order the "Diesel," a house-made radler with Half Acre Akari Shogun beer, fresh grapefruit juice, lime, and Sprite. Add a shot of gin and the combo will set you back $8.

Fulton Market Kitchen

Marc Much

Fulton Market Kitchen currently offers a whopping 11 boilermaker combos on its menu, but favorites include the Moody Tongue Steeped Emperor's Lemon Saison with a shot of Grand Marnier ($11), and the Stiegl Grapefruit Radler with a shot of Malort ($11).

Marc Much

Barley & Brass

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This Ukrainian Village hang not only offers a nice selection of boilermakers, but also has an absinthe-based slushie and four cocktails on tap. On your next night out, stay away from Fireball and order the B&B Ball, which is a house-made cinnamon-whiskey shot paired with an Old Style ($8).

Marc Much

Wood

Come for the excellent brunch—which features dishes such as fried-chicken benedict—and pair it with an unconventional boilermaker. This one’s mighty tasty but doesn’t kick as hard, because the shot of Fernet-Branca is paired with a Barritts ginger “beer” ($10).

Twisted Spoke

No fancy stuff here. Just sit down, order, and get to drinkin’. Every day, Twisted Spoke offers a shot of Jim Beam with a random “grab bag” beer for $5.

Lone Wolf

Patrons can score a Founders Centennial IPA and a shot of Lunazul tequila for $12, but occasionally the bar also offers a Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust and shot of Green Chartreuse for $15.

Dusek's

Marc Much

Dusek’s is pretty serious about its take on the boilermaker. As a hat tip to the neighborhood’s Czech past, the bar offers a Czech pilsner from Pilsen’s Moody Tongue Brewery paired with shot of Czech spice liqueur. The combo is called a "Becherovka" and it’ll set you back $9.

Marc Much

AMK Kitchen Bar

Marc Much

Stop in at this new Bucktown hang on Wednesdays to score a 19.2 oz. Oskar Blues can (Dale’s Pale Ale, Mamma's Little Yella Pilsner, or Pinner IPA) with a shot of Evan Williams bourbon for $9. Pro tip: try the Cool Ranch Doritos nachos, which are offered as a secret-menu item.

Marc Much

Big Star

South of the border, the sangrita is a popular pairing to tequila. Big Star offers its house-made version with the Los Tres Reyes combo, which includes a shot of Tromba Blanco tequila and a can of Tecate for $8.

Presidio

Marc Much

The Dogma Group oversees the San Francisco-themed Presidio’s beverage program, so it’s only appropriate that the bar serves its Anchor Steam draft with a shot of CH Fernet-Dogma ($12).

Marc Much

County Barbeque